Last Updated on January 22, 2008 by Devin Greenfield

Last time we spoke about childish hair loss. This time we’ll dwell upon hair loss in women and female pattern baldness.

Hair loss in womenHair loss is usually associated with a popular misconception that it only occurs with men. But according to statistics, female hair loss affects up to forty percent of women by age of sixty. More than twenty million of American women suffer from it. Of course, hair loss in women is not as common as hair loss in men, but it is definitely much more tragic and grievous, as almost every woman take loss of her hair as a personal tragedy. It’s typical of women to feel like they don’t fully suit to social standards when they don’t have strong and healthy hair. There seems to be a widespread social opinion that it’s only common for elderly women to lose hair. That’s why female hair loss always walks hand in hand with anxiousness, sadness and depression.

We have already pointed out that about forty percent of women have to face some sort of hair loss by age of sixty. And female pattern baldness, also known as androgenetic alopecia in women, is the most common form of female hair loss. It happens because there the excessive level of male sex hormones (androgens) in the woman’s body. Many scholars agree that heredity plays a great part in female hair loss. Other types of female hair loss include: patchy hair loss, caused by an autoimmune disorder (a.k.a. alopecia areata); loose-anagen syndrome, when hair easily comes out during combing or brushing; scarring alopecia that happens after physical injury or burning; telogen effluvium, an increased thinning and loss of hair, caused by hormonal, stress related, nutritional, or drug related factors; traction alopecia, a specific type of balding caused by strong pressure on the scalp, precisely hair follicles; triangular alopecia, that occurs mainly around the temples; trichotillomania, forced hair pulling, often caused by some psychological disorder. Emotional stress, severe depression, some serious disease and wrong nutrition can also result in hair loss in women.

In a large number of cases female hair loss can be turned back with the right diagnosis and timely treatment. And the majority of balding women manage to successfully stop hair loss and regrow their hair. The most popular ways to treat hair loss in women are: hairpieces (non-surgical hair replacement), hormone correction, hair transplantation, FDA-approved pills and topical medicines. Some natural hair loss treatments also work well. One of the most effective and reliable of them is said to be Provillus.

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3 thoughts on “Hair loss in women

  1. I fully agree that women hair loss is a full desaster for the women concerned. On the other hand I don’t believe that there is a real effective treatment up to now. Women will usually get either minoxidil and/or hormones, but none of both gives exciting results. In the best case the hair los is stopped. Hopefully research will find some better solutions in the future.

  2. Still I can not understand the reason why there are more hair losses in women rather than men?

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